What is a Ryokan? Like a Western-style inn, maintaining the special, atmosphere and appearance is more important than providing the latest modern conveniences. Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
Japan has eight beautiful regions rich in culture and diversity. Select a region to explore and view available ryokans.
Welcome to Tsumago and Magome on the Old Nagasendo Highway. Tsumago and Magome are located in the southern part of the Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture. Many years ago, it was one of the eleven post towns in that district of the Nagasendo Highway. When the Chuo Rail Line was constructed along the Kiso River in 1911, Tsumago lost its role as a post town and it gradually became a deserted village. However, in 1968 a movement to preserve Edo and Meiji Period buildings began and during the following three years many structures were repaired and restored. In 1976, Tsumago was designated as a "Protected Area for the Preservation of Traditional Buildings" by the Japanese government. The Old Nagasendo Highway can now be enjoyed by visitors who wish to see a very important part of old Japan preserved in tact.
Tsumago Luggage Delivery Service: If you would like to walk the Nagasendo Road without carrying your luggage, there is a delivery service available. This service will send your luggage from the Magome Information Center to the Tsumago Information Center or from the Tsumago Information Center to the Magome Information Center. The cost per baggage is 500 yen, and you can drop off your luggage at the information centers from 8:30am until 11:30am (your luggage will arrive at 13:00). This service is in operation: May 21 - July 19 (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays); July 20 - August 31 (Everyday); September 1 - November 23 (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays).
Note: Unfortunately minshuku in Tsumago and Magome do not accept meal changes so if you have allergies or other meal requirements then we advise that you do not stay overnight in Tsumago or Magome. This is a remote area and there are no grocery stores.
Welcome to Fujioto. This Minshuku is conveniently located on the main road in historic Tsumago. Fujioto prides itself on serving its guests delicious meals and offering traditional Japanese style accommodation. Other highlights of Fujioto are the Japanese wooden bath and the beautiful Japanese style garden. All bath and toilet facilities are shared among the guests. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am.
Welcome to Shimosagaya. Located in the mountain village of Tsumago, this Minshuku provides relaxation and comfort amid the beautiful surroundings of the Kiso Valley. Guests are also served home-style cuisine, fresh seasonal vegetables and river fish in Shimosagaya's dining area.
Welcome to Matsushiroya. This is a very cozy Minshuku and it first opened for business in 1804. With 8 Japanese-style rooms, Matsushiroya can accommodate up to 25 guests. All washroom and bathing facilities are shared among the guests. Traditional Japanese cuisine such as carp sashimi, grilled river fish, Japanese koya-dofu, (freeze-dried tofu), and Japanese tora soba (soba noodles with yam topping) are served. Attention: Matsushiroya is closed for business on Wednesdays.
Welcome to Hanaya Ryokan. Built during the Edo Period (1603 - 1867), this Minshuku has been in business ever since. However, a new addition was built recently. Hanaya Ryokan's rooms are all Japanese-style, and the bath is made of Japanese "hinoki" (cypress). The bath is located in the ryokan's newer section and is open 24 hours a day. Seasonal, homemade cuisine is served throughout the year.
Important warning: Please note that this ryokan is not exactly in the center of the ...